The U.K. Overseas Territories Minister, Baroness Joyce Anelay, made a brief but action-packed visit to the Sister Islands Monday.
With a busy itinerary, the baroness visited a number of sites on Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.
A press release states that along with Governor Helen Kilpatrick, Premier Alden McLaughlin, Deputy Premier Moses Kirkconnell and other dignitaries, the baroness started the day with a trip to Little Cayman and toured the Central Caribbean Marine Institute.
Researchers at the marine center revealed the latest developments at the facility, as well as discussing their reef conservation work and other research projects.
The next stop on the tour was Little Cayman’s National Trust Centre, to meet residents and observe the breeding grounds of rare bird species. The baroness was able to view various nature exhibits throughout the facility, while National Trust Committee members explained the deep-rooted history of Little Cayman’s red-footed boobies, the release states.
The party then flew to Cayman Brac where Baroness Anelay first visited the islands’ Parrot Reserve and enjoyed a nature trail through part of the reserve.
She then traveled to the Cayman Brac Sports Centre, where she viewed the latest developments of the 18-acre sports project. The Cayman Brac Hurricane Centre and the Lighthouse were also on the tour.
For lunch, Baroness Anelay and dignitaries gathered at Aston Rutty Civic Centre to meet and eat with local residents. This was followed by an attendance at an awards ceremony at Layman E. Scott Sr. High School, where she pinned more than a dozen student leaders. The students also prepared musical entertainment for the baroness and government officials.
The final stop on the Cayman Brac tour was to Faith Hospital for an opening ceremony for a new helipad. Baroness Anelay and Governor Kilpatrick cut the ribbon and introduced Cayman Brac’s first official emergency landing pad for Faith Hospital.
The baroness is the first serving Overseas Territories minister to visit all three Cayman Islands.